Arian Foster RB HOU 2 Months5 Comments

Coach Bill O'Brien said Arian Fosrer will fill the roles served by Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead in his old Patriots offenses.

Arian Foster RB HOU 2 Months

Arian Foster said new coach Bill O'Brien "has expressed many times how he wants to use me a lot out of the backfield."

It's playing to Foster's strengths. Sporting both soft hands and excellent vision in the screen game, he averaged 4.1 catches per game while breaking out between 2010 and 2011. That number fell to 2.5 per game as the Texans' offense went conservative in 2012 and last season, but O'Brien is going to be a breath of fresh air. Now healthy and the unquestioned centerpiece of the offense, Foster is a candidate for 300 carries plus 55 catches.

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Arian Foster declared himself "healthy and rearing to go" Wednesday, following his 2013 back operation.

Foster participated fully in OTAs, so this isn't a surprise. He described rookie coach Bill O'Brien's offense as "very versatile," and said O'Brien has told him Foster will be utilized "in the running game and out of the backfield." As the Texans manage severe 2014 quarterback deficiencies, expect Foster to handle all-purpose bellcow duties as a recommended fantasy bounce-back pick.

Arian Foster RB HOU 3 Months7 Comments

Arian Foster (back surgery) participated fully during the first day of the Texans' voluntary minicamp Tuesday.

Arian Foster RB HOU 3 Months

Speaking Thursday, Arian Foster (back surgery) confirmed he'll be ready for OTAs.

Foster reaffirmed that his back is "fine." Speaking earlier in the week, Foster said his operation "wasn't as major as it sounded." Foster's durability is very much a question mark heading into his age-28 season, but he should remain a three-down workhorse for as long as he's on the field. He's still in the RB1 conversation.

Arian Foster RB HOU 4 Months

Arian Foster said his back surgery "wasn't as major as it sounded."

Foster underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy on November 13 to repair a herniated disc. He's already been medically cleared, a sign the surgery wasn't overly invasive. "That's why I rebounded so quickly," Foster said. "I also worked my ass off. I'm expecting to do bigger things and bounce back." Perhaps sitting out most of last season will actually do him some good. He remains on the RB1 radar as a clear-cut three-down back ahead of Andre Brown.

Arian Foster RB HOU 4 Months

Arian Foster (back) tweeted that he's been "medically cleared by my doctor."

Foster rushed for 542 yards in eight starts before landing on injured reserve and undergoing back surgery in November. When healthy last season, Foster looked fresh and still had the juice in his legs. His 4.5 YPC mark was his third-highest average of his five-year career. Foster may not be the elite RB1 he once was, but we still have faith he can produce top-12 numbers at his position. With Ben Tate off to Cleveland, the Texans need to find a No. 2.

Arian Foster RB HOU 5 Months

Speaking Friday, Texans GM Rick Smith said Arian Foster's (back surgery) rehab is going well, and that he's "going to be fine."

"He's working hard, he's in the building, he's in the training room consistently," Smith said. Foster went under the knife on November 15. Provided he doesn't suffer a setback, he's expected to be full-go for the Texans' offseason program. Now 27 and coming off an injury-ruined season, Foster is no longer a sure-thing first-round pick in re-draft fantasy leagues.

Arian Foster RB HOU 8 Months2 Comments

Arian Foster's back surgery was a microscopic lumbar discectomy.

The surgery took place on November 13 and was performed by the noted Dr. Robert Watkins. "The surgery went well and the timing of his return to football will depend on his progression through the rehabilitation program," Watkins said in a statement. Foster is expected to be ready in plenty of time for training camp, but he'll be 28 in August and the surgery won't do anything to quell fears about crippling overuse.

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Arian Foster (injured reserve) underwent back surgery in California on Thursday.

We're noting this simply for bookkeeping purposes. And the Texans had previously been noncommittal on whether Foster needed surgery. "His surgery went well, and that's about all I know," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I don't normally have any more particulars on it. (He'll) start the recovery process (now)." Foster, 28 next August, should be back in plenty of time for next summer's training camp.